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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. Meors, Manors, and Forests. We extract the following account of sport since the commencement of grouse shooting, from the Pield:- Apparently, from the rainy weather which we have lately had, the bags made this season have not, as yet, come up to the expectations formed by the lovers of the gun, from the reports everywhere made of the past breeding season. Our returns are from this cause also less numerous than usual, the annoy- ance at being kept within doors being still more un- favourable to penmanship than the fatigue of a hard day's walking. The only really good bags which we have been able to record, are those made by Mr. J. P. Smith, and Mr. Hargreaves, of Worcester (the former getting 68 brace, and the latter 54A brace) on the 12th; and by Mr. Marshall, of London, who scored 661 brace to his own gun on the opening day. These are un- doubtedly good performances, but it must be remem- bered that all these gentlemen are crack shots, the first named having this year distinguished himself at the pigeon matches of the gun club at Shepherd's Bush. We hope next week to be able to record more extensively the doings of our correspondents in Scot- land, as well as in the Northern and Welsh Moors. During the past week we have heard of a good deal of disease appearing among the young pheasants and partridges, owing to the rains, which have been uni- versal. This must be expected, for whenever wet follows upon a long season of dry weather, the young birds feel the change much more than if they had been gradually accustomed to it. We fear that the corn will not be nearly all carried before the 1st of September, even in the south; so that the amount of sport on our English opening day will not be what was anticipated some weeks ago. It is a great mis- take to enter standing barley and beans in pursuit of birds, for it not only does a certain amount ot im- mediate damage, but indirectly it prejudices the far- mers against the sport for the time to come. ABERDEENSHIRE. — DELNADAMPH, STRATH- DON.-Sir Charles Forbes's forest shootings this season have been shot over by Mr. Forbes, his son, and the Duke of Athole, on the 12th, with the fol- lowing amount of sport, viz.: grouse, 70 brace; and Mr. George S. Forbes, his son, and Viscount Newport, 90 braee. Birds very strong on the wing, and very plentiful; weather good; all healthy. The ground is the grouse moors of Deluadamph forests, adjoining Lord Henry Bentinck's, at the head of Strathdon. On Monday, 14th, Duke of Athole, and Mr. Forbes, of Newe: grouse, 105i- brace; and Viscount Newport and Mr. Geo. S. Forbes: grouse, 941 brace. Birds wild. Tuesday was a very rainy day. There is no appearance of the disease. Red deer plentiful and in good condition in this quarter. CULDRAIN.-On the 12th, 14th, and 15th August.- Mr. John Brander (from Tahiti), killed, with one gun, on the Culdrain moors, acreage uncertain: grouse- 12th, 17 brace; 14th, 10§ brace; and 15th, 7| brace; blackgame, 2 brace; partridges, H brace; hares, 3; rabbits, 2-total, 82 head. Grouse very abundant and wild. Strong coveys of twelve birds quite frequent. Weather showery. HuNTLET.- August 16th.—Mr. John Walker's bag on the 12th was 29i- brace grouse, and 3 plovers. 14th, 18t brace grouse a hare and couple of snipes. 15th, 16 brace grouse, on the Clachmach shootings. BOG IN CLOUGH, RHYNIE.—The undermentioned gentlemen brought to bag as follows Mr. J P. Smith, Aug. 12th, 68 brace; 14th, 24J brace; 15th, 14 brace; 16th, 27t brace-total, 134 brace; 3 hares, 1 snipe. Mr. S. Hargreaves, Aug. 12th, 54t brace; 14th, 23 2, braee; 15th, 18t brace; 16th, 32t brace-total, 128t brace, 2 hares. Total, grouse, 525; snipe, 1; hares, 5 -531 head. Grouse very fine and plentiful, but as wild as they usually are on Sept.'l. No disease. Weather fine on the 12th, but rain and wind on the other days. CLASHNADEKOCH, GARTLY, RHYNIE. — Acreage about 28,000. On the 12th, 14th, 15th, and 16th August (by three guns), Major Whittingstall, Major Jarg, and Mr. Bromilow. Grouse, 447; snipes, 3; hares, 11—total, 461 head. The weather has been rough and stormy. The grouse are numerous, but very wild and strong; they are healthy and no trace of disease. CLOVA MOORS, AUCHENDOIR, NAR LUMSDEN.— Acreage about 6,000. On the 12th, 13th, 14tb, 15th, and 16th (by two guns), Mr. J. C. Couper and friend killed—grouse, 194; snipes, 2; hare, 1; blue hares, 4; total, 201. The weather up to twelve o'clock on the night of the llth very unpropitious for a good 12th, but the morning turned out clear, with a fine breeze; the birds plentiful, strong, and healthy, but wild from the previous heavy rains. 13th and 14th wet, the birds wild in consequence. A small bag on the 14th. 15th still a little moist, and rain in the afternoon, which spoiled a good day's shooting. 16th very fine birds wild in the morning, but sat well in the after- noon. DESKRIE SHIEL, LOGIE COLDSTONE, NEAR TAR- LAND.— Acreage about 6,000.—The following bags were ma.de, viz.:—On the 12th, Mr. Coltman and Mr. Clark (two hours only), grouse, 7Bt brace, 1 snipe. Mr. F. Coltman and Colonel Buchan, grouse, brace. On the 14th (afternoon, three hours), Mr. F. Coltman and Mr, Clark, grouse, 18 brace, 2 hares Mr. Coltman and Colonel Buchan, grou&e, 13 brace, I hare. Total, 334 head. The 15th was wet, and no shooting. ARGYLLSHIRE.-LoCRENELD, KILBRIDE, and KILMORE, near Oban (acreage about 40,000), by four j. guns, viz., Mr. R B. Oakeley, on the 12th and 14th; Mr. R. B. Oakeley, Rev. Dr. Smith, and Mr. J. Chilton, on the 16th:-Grouse, 87, 1 snipe; wildfowl, 6, 1 hare; -total, 96. Mr. Oakeley writes: On the 12th and 14th I shot over several brace of young dogs, and con- sequently did not attempt to make a bag. I killed, however, 11 brace on the 12th, in three or four hours, and 12 brace on the 14th. The 15th was so exces- sively wet that it was impossible to go out; but on the 16th two friends and myself bagged 20t brace, the weather wet and stormy, and the birds wild as in November. There is no disease, and the birds are strocg and vigorous, but far too much grown to allow of large bags." AYRSHIRE.—DALBLAIR, AUCHENLECK, near Old Cumnock (acreage about 5,000).— Mr. D. Lade, on the 12th, 20 brace; on the 14th (part of the day), 10f- (,< brace. Mr* ,fi. Carew. 00. the l,2fcb. ?P> brace; m fehe 14th, 10 brace. Birds very numerous, strong, and healthy; but owing to the heavy rain on the 10th and 11th, they were wild and very difficult to get at. The 15th very wet, and shooting. 15th very wet, and no shooting. BANFFSHIRE. BLAIRFINDY LODGE, GLENLI- VAT.—Mr. R. Marshall writes:—" The 12th proved a very fine day, although for two days previous the weather had been very wet and stormy. The birds very strong and wild, and the broods unusually large. The return at the end of the day showed:—Myself, with one gun (a breech-loader), 85t brace; Mr. New- all, 52| brace; Mr. Collwill, 28| brace—beginning at ten o'clock, and leaving off at seven. On Monday and Tuesday the weather was wet and stormy, and we only went out for a few hours, making an average of 25 brace each gun. Should the weather come fine, large bags will yet be made; but while it continues squally, with heavy showers, as at present, nothing very brilliant can be done." BELDORNEY MOORS, GLASS, NEAR HUNTLY.—By two guns (Mr. W. J. Grant, of Beldorney, and Capt. Simpson, 6th Royal Regiment). On the 12th, 50| brace grouse, 2 hares, 2 snipe; on the 14th, after one p.m., 25 brace grouse, 1 hare; on the 15th, in four hours. 17 brace grouse and 2 hares. They found the birds very numerous and strong, but so exceedingly wild as to be almost unapproachable. A number of the birds bad packed even on the 12th, and the weather being rather wet tended to make them much wilder than they otherwise would have been. No appearance of any disease, and the birds are in capital condition. PERTHSHIRE, DRUMMOND CASTLE MOORS- CRIEFF AND MUTHILL.—By two guns (Lord Ravens worth and Hon. H. G. Liddell, M.P.)— Aug. 12 grouse, 102; snipe, 2; hares, 2. Aug. 14: very wet, one very fine stag, after excellent sport fishing in the forenoon. Aug. 15 very wet, good fishing. Aug. 16 grouse, 104; snipe, 3; hares 10. Game very plentiful, strong and wild, and weather extremely unsettled. Both on the 12th and 16th the bags were made with great ease, between eleven and five o'clock. GLENQUAICH MOORS, AMULREE.—Of the first four days of the season, the 12th and 16th only were suf- ficiently fine to admit of grouse-shooting. Sir Hugh Cairns, M.P., Messrs. Henry M'Neile, and Edward Ross, killed 287 head of grouse, 44 hares, 3 snipe, 2 plover, and 1 teal-total, 337 head. ROSS-SHIRE.—DINGWALL. — On the 12th Mr. Duncan Davidson and a friend (two guns), killed on the Tulloch moors (acreage about 4,800 acres), 37 brace of grouse and 6 hares. Birds are full-grown and plen- tiful no appearance of disease. Mr. Davidson writes:—" My moors in this immediate neighbourhood are small but good. I keep them for myself and friends. Two good guns on the 13th could have shot 30 to 40 brace to each gun easily enough, but we shoot for the sport, and not for trying how many we can shoot. I never saw birdO stronger than this season. In a space of some 200 acres I saw upwards of 20 large coveys of grouse and many blackgame." YORKSHIRE.—BOWES MooR.-The following is a return of best bags made, on Bowes Moor, by Captain Gaudy and party—viz.: Aug. 12.—Mr. Chapman, 69t 2 brace of grouse; Captain Gandy, 69 Mr. Musgrave, 54t; Mr. Helmer, 54; Mr. T. Clarkson, 52t; Mr. Barrel, 49; Mr. Metcalf, 40; Mr. Mason, 38; and on Aug. 14, Captain Gandy, 44 brace.

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